One Year and 100k! (almost ^^;)
Posted by meronpan on June 17, 2009
A big thank you to everyone! WAWAWA忘れ物 is now… well, I guess technically WAWAWA忘れ物 was born late January so it’s only 5 months old :P *ahem* Let’s overlook the name change… one year of blogging, yay! As you’ve no doubt figured out, I’m just gonna talk a bit about some stats, milestones, site trivia and the like. If that’s not your cup of tea, just let me say thanks again for stopping by and see ya next time m(_ _)m
My first post here at wordpress was June 17, 2008, though I actually had a brief stint at blogspot. That only lasted 4 posts though (of which 1 was a no content “hello world” and another, the moving announcement ^^;;). So while it was earlier (June 5), it felt more official to use the start date here (plus gave me some extra time to write up a post :P).
During those brief blogger days, sonic_ver2 was the first person to comment, and the first blog in my blogroll. Happy to see he’s still reading and I’ve been following his blog ever since too. Here at wordpress it was optic, another comrade I’ve been following ever since.
My first figure review was of Shall Rhousemann. Here’s a sample pic from that post:
Really want to go back and take some new photos someday ^^;
My figure review post count is now up to 53 or roughly 1 a week. (some review posts covered more than 1 figure so number of figures reviewed is probably 55 or slightly more…)
This is the 174th post and over 3,400 comments have been posted. Since I reply to pretty much every comment that means somewhere over 1700 comments are from readers.
Average views per day have been steadily increasing month by month. Started out at 69 in June, grew to 88 in September, had exploded to 193 in December and I still can’t believe it but I’m currently looking at somewhere between 600 and 800 for this month. Graph below.
And of course with average views per day increasing, that corresponds to total views per month also increasing – started off at about 2,500 per month and peaked last month at over 18,000.
Actual visitors is a more humbling number and unfortunately I didn’t add another counter to track that until earlier this year. According to statcounter my unique visitors were at around 5,000 in Feb and were approaching 13,000 in May (with corresponding page views of ~8k and 18k).
Participating in various link exchange programs has undoubtedly contributed to a lot of traffic… Danny Choo / otaku.fm and Sankaku Complex both feature a system in which your blog will be randomly featured in a rotating list on the site. Animenano is another aggregator community I joined. Shadonia has been gracious enough to take some of my reviews and translate them to french for some exposure to fellow figure collectors overseas. And finally tsukiboard, while less about traffic sharing and blog promotion (well, actually, now they have an aggregator too ^^;), has been a great site for managing my collection and getting to know more about others’.
Getting back to some stats, as far as my top referrers go otaku.fm unsurprisingly sits at #1, being the first community I joined. Combine that with hits from various dc news items and hijacked articles puts dc in general even higher. Animenano follows with over 750 referrals but somehow foo-bar-baz (having picked this humble site to add to his blogroll recently), has already accumulated over half that amount. From the not-getting-50-gazillion-hits-a-day community, Figured‘s FigureLog still leads for referrals! She recently had a baby and has shifted to a more personal blog. Following her it’s Daybreak’s Bell, Exelica Meteor, and AnimaticFigmation. Detailed list below:
For posts… kaguya is the runaway popularity queen. Over three thousand views for her figure review, though I’m pretty sure most people weren’t looking for that :P Have no regrets all ye “kaguya nanbu hentai” searchers. I’m here to support you. In second place is my list of figures (and links to their reviews), followed by Kanu (daiki kougyou) and the Lineage II Dark Elf (wish I had better pics of both orz). More below:
Top searches show the true nature of the internet:
If you’ve been reading for a while you probably know I don’t shy away from visual novels nor eroge. And my sankaku complex feed should alert you to my attitude towards ero stuff. Have no shame my friends :P Speaking of underboob… there’s this post on sankaku complex you’ll probably want to check out, and particularly this:
I actually first saw this pic on dc but it’s been captivating. Who the heck is this?!
Alright, hopefully I haven’t scared off those of purer intentions ^^;; Last set of stat pr0n included in the wordpress report is clicks. Mostly dominated by my room pics, (largely due to danny linking my site when I participated in the room contest ^^;). A mio pic also got its way up pretty quick, and of course kaguya pics are high too.
Unfortunately you can’t click the links in that pic to see what the heck those urls are pointing too. You’ll have to take my word for it ^^; As far as blogs go, looks like people most often head over to How a Girl Figures, Flying Pussyfoot and Exelica Meteor.
My biggest day was actually very recent – June 10, 2009 saw 1256 page views. Largely thanks to foo-bar-baz and danny choo I believe.
And finally, all told, I’m still a bit shy of 100,000 page views, clocking in at ~97,000. If you’ve been wondering, yes the little blurb in the left column labeled 情報 is the wordpress hit counter. 情報 just means info/news and “＃＃＃＃＃メロンパンを食べました。” means “#### melonpan have been eaten.” Well, actually given that conjugation I suppose it’s more like, “I have eaten #### melonpan.” ^^;
Oh, and before I wrap up. Many thanks to James, super rats and foo-bar-baz for their wonderful sites. I’ve always looked up to you guys for your photos and it’s been my inspiration for improving my own. Not to say there aren’t many other reviewers with beautiful pics, but those were the first I stumbled upon ^^;
Starting out most of my stuff looked like this:
Hand held with the built in flash (not that my camera accepts an external :P), I tried to make up for it with interesting angles, group shots, or whatever else I could think of.
Slowly over the course of the year I added a tripod, backgrounds, lamps, homemade diffuser, and finally some umbrella lamps:
Still not perfect by any means, but comparing to my first shots I can’t believe the results ^^;; It’s all with the same camera, so it definitely is true what they say about proper lighting. (pic from my sakura review… I think my favorite set of pics to date)
We’ll see just how much some better glass will help out… perhaps in the near future ^__^
Sorry for the insanely long post but I guess I’m a sucker for anything nostalgic… and stats ^^; And hopefully this didn’t come off as too self indulgent or arrogant or whatever. I try to know my place in the blogosphere food chain :P (what was it, like 1,000,000 page views for sankaku in the first four months?)
Thanks again for reading! Never expected to achieve more than just a fraction of the traffic I’m getting today. It’s been a pleasure getting back to my otaku roots and sharing the experience with everyone.
kore kara mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu
Here’s to another year! kanpai!